I brought the Frostgrave rules to the club the other day for a game. Due to some cancellations it turned out that we were only two there. My opponent, Andy, didn’t know the rules and neither did he have a warband. That was a blessing in disguise as we had to go through the rules together and that gave me a well needed refresher. Anyway, I have to say I’m very satisfied with the rules as they were really easy to teach and making a warband with a brand new wizard and an apprentice was done in a rather short time.
We did a straight up game with six treasures to catch. Terrain is some of the stuff I have recently made and some stuff we found at the club.
|My warband, from left to right: Archer, wolf animal companion, tracker, crossbowman, infantryman, witch, apprentice, 3 thiefs.|
|The board after turn one. The six treasures in red circles. Necromancer and warband in green and witch and warband in blue.|
|Crossbowman and tracker shoots at one of the opposition soldiers and the first man falls. Hooray!|
|My apprentice moves up and tries a Telekinesis spell on the treasure by the ruin, and fails miserably and takes a wound.|
|A new round and the wolf attacks the necromancer apprentice while my infantryman moves forward.|
|The evil (they are Necromancers, after all!) opposition takes all three of 'their' treasures. Things are not looking good.|
|The zombie shuffles forward and engages my infantryman.|
|My two thieves secures one treasure.|
|While my lone mini-thief secures the second treasure and starts to run home while the apprentice covers him. And by the way he fails another spell, this time a Poison Dart to slow the soldier with the treasure.|
|That wolf doesn't do much damage but neither does the necromances apprentice. Stalemate as the just bang away at each other.|
|There goes the zombie!|
|Man-at-arms rushes my shooters and is attacked by my tracker.|
|My thief rushes in behind the apprentice, who is now surrounded.|
|The battlefield. The necromancer is peppered with arrows as soon as he shows himself and he wisely draws back.|
|The man-at-arms draws back and engages my thief. My witch tries to use Telekinesis on the treasure, fails and is hurt for one health.|
|The necromancer apprentice wins over the wolf and pushes him back while the man-at-arms fells my thief. The apprentice rushes up the pyramid to try to stop my thief running away with treasure.|
|Meanwhile my tracker does what she is good at, and one enemy is down.|
|Things start to look grim for the man-at-arms.|
|My bowmen attacks the necromancer. Not looking good for him at all.|
|Another man down! My witch finally moves the treasure with a successfully cast Telekinesis.|
|The necromancer show what he's made of and runs away.|
|With a well aimed crossbow bolt the necromancer apprentice falls and with that the game is over.|
My treasures turned out to be 290 gold coins, three potions (healing, strength and invisibility), a Grimoire with Planar Tear (making it possible to learn that spell) and an Orb of Power. A decent loot I think.
Everything went really smooth even though this was our first game, and I have to say that is entirely due to the really good rules. We forgot a couple of things during the game but figured it out rather immediately and could backtrack (we forgot to deduct the armour value from the damage made the first time I hit and instead of taking out two soldiers I only manage to take out one – not too bad though).
Also we forgot to check what happened with the fallen figures after the game. A fallen fig is not necessarily dead, but he could recover between games. Not a big problem for me, as I only lost a measly thief, but Andy lost his apprentice and a lot of soldiers.
Anyway I let my son witness my dice-rolling and checked for the thief, and he did survive unscathed.
One thing I didn’t think of when I choose spells for my wizard was that you get experience points for taking out enemies and I built my witch as a mostly supportive wizard. So I don’t have any spells that do damage. Well, I bought crossbows for wizard and apprentice and I’m saving money so I can buy and learn Bone Dart. Just a couple of hundred more gold coins and I’m there.
All in all a very enjoyable game and I’m sure to play Frostgrave many more times.